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Castle of Prasco
(Prov. di Alessandria)


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The Castello di Prasco, the seat of the local feudal lords, has been documented to 1192, when records show it had already been built and was being used for public administration.

Through its history the castle's feudatories have belonged to the Malaspina, De Regibus, Spinola and Piuma families, the latter being the current owners under their current surname, Gallesio-Piuma.

Within the castle complex some spaces were once reserved for the feudal lords' residence and some used for the public functions of government, the exercise of justice and defence, such as the armoury, the audience room above and the loggia for the guards on top. These areas have a separate entrance, with an external door facing the church square and an independent staircase.

The complex, almost completely encircled by the historical park, includes the central castle structure, the guest quarters inside the first courtyard and the annex marking the east side.

The castle consists of a central part with three large towers. The main section rises on a wide rampart and has three courtyards, today planted with grass. It towers over the road, its wall between 8 and 12 metres high.

Inside the complex is divided into various parts: one still serves its original residential function, the part once destined for public use now hosts cultural events and the annex and guest quarters also still serve their original purpose.

The medieval construction shows typical splayed masonry with visible stones, while the 17th-century construction is still partly plastered, the wooden roof topped with bent tiles.

The large park is surrounded by a low wall in brick and stone interrupted by iron gates and closed by railings where it overlooks the road. Records relating to the park, home to a splendid 17th-century icehouse, show the presence of chestnut trees, but its most important moment came in the early 19th century when the gardens were remodelled and a collection of exceptional fruit tree varieties was introduced by Count Giorgio Gallesio, a renowned scientist, politician, diplomat and pomologist, whose fame led to him being buried in the cloister of Santa Croce in Florence.
Open: 2014
June: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July: 6, 13, 20, 27
August: 3, 10, 15, 17, 24, 31
Opening times: 15-18
Last entrance at 18
Guided tours by the owner
Visits: All tours are conducted by the owner
For educational institutions: Workshops with scenes from medieval life available upon request
Ticket: Full price euro 8
Reduced euro 5
Free under 15

Groups and schools on reservations
Special events: Cultural events, conventions, forums, concerts, theatre performances all organised directly by the owner and/or by the Institute of Gallesian Studies
Informations: Via Gallesio - Piazza della Chiesa
15010 Prasco (AL)
Tel: +39 010 314460
Cell: +39 347 3715382

Directions: Take A26/E25 to Ovada Exit, follow signs for Acqui Terme, staying on same road until you reach Prasco.
Cellar: No
Bar: No
Restaurant: No
B&B/Hotel: No
Ceremonies/weddings: 200 seating;
Rental of locale for ceremonies and weddings depends on individual situations;
Events/convention: 150 seating;
Facilities are available for rent for conventions, meetings, etc
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